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Ken Williamson

Co-author of the Scienceworld series.

How long have you been in the education industry?
I was seconded to ASEP (the Australian Science Education Project) in 1971 and have been writing ever since.

How have you noticed your teaching style change over the years? Why do you think this is?
ASEP was student-centred and inquiry-based and we continued this approach in the textbooks we wrote.

What is the importance to you of good educational resources?
When I started teaching I developed my own resources, and many schools still do this. However it saves a lot of time and effort if you use existing resources and modify them where necessary to fit your local situation.

What has been your favourite part of writing an educational resource?

I love the challenge of trying to explain scientific concepts in a way that students can understand and enjoy.

What is your favourite part of being a teacher?

I get a real thrill when students tell me they loved using my books. And it's great to hear teachers say I made their job easier.

What are three things people wouldn’t know about you?
I love climbing mountains, country music and marshmallows.

What do you like to do when you’re not teaching (or writing?)

 Adventure travel and reading, mainly fiction.

Who are three people, living or dead, you’d love to have dinner with?

My grandfather who I never met, the Dalai Lama and Dolly Parton. 

What is your favourite book and why?
 My favourite author is Gerald Seymour, but for a good laugh try 'The one hundred year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared' by Jonas Jonasson.

Do you follow a sports team?
The Brisbane Roar.